Dominique Ansel DKA Recipe

Dominique Ansel DKA Recipe
By The Cooking World, Editorial Staff
September 17, 2021

The World-Famous Dominique Ansel DKA Recipe

We are huge fans of a good Kouign-Amann! We like this pastry so much that this is not the first recipe about it that we publish, and it definitely not be our last. For today's We Cook Books recipe, we share with you the world-famous Dominique Ansel DKA recipe.

Although Kouign-Amann is considered one of the most difficult pastries to make, everyone who loves to bake should at least try to make it once. After you try it for the first time, and even if you don't nail it at first you will still probably end up with a delicious result - because who could be better than a caramelized, slightly denser croissant?

3 hours
30 minutes
10 to 12 DKAs


472 g (3 cups + 2 tablespoons) strong flour
12 g (2 tablespoons) kosher salt
313 g (1 1/4 cups + 2 1/2 tablespoons) water, very cold
363 g (26 tablespoons) unsalted butter (84% butterfat), softened
4 g (1 1/2 teaspoons) instant yeast
Cooking oil spray, as needed
Plain flour (for dusting), as needed
360 g (1 3/4 cups) granulated sugar

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For the Dough

  1. Combine the strong flour, salt, water, 14 g (1 tablespoon) of the butter and the yeast in a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Mix on low speed for 2 minutes to combine. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat for 10 minutes. When finished, the dough will be smooth and slightly tacky and will have full gluten development. Test by stretching it - the dough will have some elasticity.
  2. Lightly grease a medium bowl with cooking oil spray. Transfer the dough to the bowl. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and proof at room temperature until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch down the dough by folding the edges into the center, realizing as much of the gas as possible, and turn it out onto a large sheet of plastic wrap. Using your palms, press it to form a 25 cm (10-inch) square. Wrap it tightly in the plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  4. Flip the dough and return it to the freezer for another 15 minutes so that chills evenly.

For the Butter Block

  1. While the dough is chilling, draw an 18 cm (7-inch) square on a piece of baking paper with a pencil. Flip the baking paper over so that the butter won't come in contact with the pencil marks. Place the remaining 350 grams (25 tablespoons) butter in the center of the square and spread it evenly with an offset spatula to fill the square. Refrigerate the butter until firm but still pliable, about 20 minutes.
  2. Remove the butter from the refrigerator. It should still be soft enough to bend slightly without cracking. If it is too firm, lightly beat it with a rolling pin on a lightly floured work surface until it becomes pliable. Make sure to press the butter back to its original 18 cm (7-inch) square after working it.
  3. Remove the dough from the freezers make sure it is very cold throughout. Place the dough on a lightly floured work surface, Arrange the butter block in the center of the dough so it looks like a diamond in the center of the square (rotated 45 degrees, with the corners of the butter facing the center of the dough sides). Pull the corners of the dough up and over to the center of the butter block. Pinch the seams of the dough together to seal the butter inside. You should have a square slightly larger than the butter block.
  4. With a rolling pin, using steady, even pressure, roll the dough out from the center so that it triples in length. This will take several passes. Use extra flour to dust the work surface to ensure that nothing sticks. When finished, you should have a rectangle about 60 by 25 cm (24 by 10 inches) and 6 mm (1/4 inch) thick.

Make the First Three Folds

  1. Place the dough so the longer sides run left to right. From the right side fold one-third of the dough onto itself, keeping the edges lined up with each other. From the left side fold the remaining one-third of dough on top of the side that has already been folded. Line up all the edges so that you are left with an even rectangle. The dough is being folded as if it were a piece of paper going into an envelope; this is called a 'letter fold'. Do not rest the dough and immediately move on to the next fold.
  2. Starting with the seam of the dough on the right, roll out the dough, vertically from top to bottom, to a rectangle about 60 by 25 cm (24 by 10 inches) and 6 mm (1/4-inch) thick. Repeat the letter fold.
  3. Immediately roll out the dough again to a rectangle about 60 by 25 cm (24 by 10 inches) and 6 mm (1/4-inch) thick exactly as in step 2. Repeat the letter fold. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 40 minutes to rest.

Make Fourth Fold

  1. Sprinkle sugar in a thin, even layer on the work surface (as if you were flouring the work surface, but using sugar instead). Lay out the dough on the sugar. Starting with the seam of the dough on the right, roll out the dough once more, vertically from top to bottom, to a rectangle about 60 by 25 cm (24 by 10 inches) and 6 mm (1/4-inch) thick. Sprinkle a thin, even layer of sugar on top. Repeat the letter fold.

Roll, Shape, and Bake

  1. Sprinkle another thin, even layer of sugar on the work surface. Place the dough on the sugar. Starting with the seam on the right, roll out the dough one final time to a rectangle about 60 by 25 cm (24 by 10 inches) and 6 mm (1/4-inch) thick. Sprinkle another thin layer of sugar on top.
  2. Using a chef's knife, cut the dough into 10 cm (4-inches). Each square should weigh about 100 g (3 1/2 ounces). Sprinkle a little bit more sugar on the work surface. Fold in the corner of each square to meet at the center, pushing the center down firmly. Repeat with the new corners that were formed, again pushing down firmly in the center.
  3. Line a half baking tray with a silicone baking mat. Spray lightly with cooking oil spray and sprinkle with enough granulated sugar to just lightly coat it. Place the ring molds 10 cm (4 inches) aport on the tray.
  4. Place a square of dough in the center of each ring. The dough will hang over the edges of the mold. Fold the excess dough into the center of DKA and press down firmly. Proof at room temperature, 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. While the DKAs are proofing, place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 185 ºC (365 ºF) for conventional or 170 ºC (340 ºF) for convection.
  6. Bake the DKAs on the center rack for 15 minutes. Rotate the tray 180 degrees and bake for 15 minutes more. The DKAs are finished when they turn golden brown and have about doubled in size.
  7. Remove from the oven. Using a pair of stainless-steel tongs, unmold the DKAs onto a baking tray while still hot: Grab the metal rings with the tongs and flip the DKAs over so the flat side is up. Remove the rings. Let the DKAs cool completely, still inverted.
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